Friday, March 23, 2018

Kurashikkukā: 1973 Datsun 240Z

The Datsun 240Z ushered in the era of the Japanese sports car -- it wasn't as maniac as the later Skylines, Evolutions, 300Zs, Supras, and such that made headlines for Japanese performance, it was the first mass market car from the Land of the Rising Sun to get everything right.  Its combination of nimble chassis, communicative steering, ass-on-the-ground seating, and cool styling makes it the classic of choice for budget car enthusiasts.  Find this 1973 Datsun 240Z offered for $9500 in the SF Bay Area via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.

 From the seller:

Selling my '73, an original, clean title California car. No rust, runs and drives great, and comes with a folder of receipts from work I've done. Not accepting trades as I am moving out of state and will not take the car.

This car was my daily driver from 2012-2015 and was worked on first and foremost with that in mind. Work done includes:
- 3.9 R200
- 5 Speed (280ZX)
- Tokico blues and Energy poly bushings
- Electronic ignition (from a newer Z, looks stock)
- Z Therapy SUs
- Header/2.5" Exh
- Lots of electrical stuff

I have driven this car to and from LA at least 100 times and would happily do it again. That being said it's got minor stuff you'd expect from a 45 year old car, so if you're seriously interested, come by and I'll walk you through everything I know about it.

$9500 Firm. I do have a video of the car running and driving on request, but I will not respond to e-mails without a contact number.

See a better way to drive a classic?


  1. Honest looking car, at a very attractive price. There are none left up here due to the tin-worm infestation. 5-spd is a nice addition. This looks better than the green one that is up for auction on "that other site", but that other car can be expected to run well over $20K. Grab this one while it is cheap?

  2. I payed $2500 for my 71 240Z i know that was a while back just hard for me to pay 4 times that for like car today yes there where more around back then and cheap and could really find the best one for the money now only a memory in the fog bank.

  3. this is a car you buy for fun, and for driving, since its value as a classic is ruined by the non-stock parts...

    1. Based on that logic 95% of classic cars are good for nothing but did duty and destined for the crusher

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  5. These early Z cars are automotive bliss. Simple and designed to run forever. I've enjoyed the early Z cars for years. One of the best sounds in the entire world is a datsun inline six breathing through triple carbs and expelling it's spent gasses via header.


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